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Relationships – R – RESPECT

R – RESPECT                    (Click Here for Series Overview)

Definition:

to show regard or consideration for: to respect someone’s rights
to refrain from intruding upon or interfering with: to respect a person’s privacy

Alternate Definition :

a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way

Respect is not only showing regard for someone and treating them with admiration.  Respect is knowing when to back off.  Respect is knowing when to stop so you don’t interfere or go too far.

How do we show respect?

1) Respect others’ opinions:

Don’t run people down or be condescending.  Right or wrong, that
is their opinion.  It’s not our job to tell everyone how wrong they are.  There may be times you should say something to correct a false impression.  However, there are times that you may be wrong, so always check your heart before taking up the argument against another person’s opinion.

2) Respect others’ things:

Just because something is in reach doesn’t mean you should touch it.  Take proper care of what belongs to others.  Ask permission, don’t just assume you can use something that is not yours.  (See the example of the axe head – 2 Kings 6:1-7 – the man was concerned because it was borrowed.)

3) Respect others’ privacy:

Give people some “space.”  Don’t be nosy and constantly asking prying questions about their personal business.  Growing up, we were taught to not look in other people’s closets, drawers, behind their shower curtains and so forth.  Sadly, not everyone has had that same instruction.  It’s better to not intrude and let the person invite you into private areas of his or her life.

4) Respect others’ time:

“Time is money” is not just a cute saying.  Time has value.  There are people who seem to purposely delay you when they know you are in a hurry.  Maybe it makes them feel in control.  These are what some call “delay fish.”  Don’t be one.  Do your best to be aware of how much time you are taking up from someone else and try not to waste it.

5) Respect others’ positions:

It’s right to address a doctor as “Doctor.”  Or to use “Yes sir” and “Yes ma’am” phrases.  There can be situations where you should use “Mr.”, “Mrs.” or “Miss.” — even if that person has given permission to use first names.  It keeps you aware of the relationship.  For example, children and young people should be respectful in how they address those older than them.   Students should respect a professor or teacher’s position and so forth.

 How do you get people to respect you?

You can’t force their respect.  Respect is something people choose to give you.  However, the Scriptures do give us some things we can do.  A good rule of thumb is to start with what Jesus said:

Matthew 7:12 – Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

Notice He said to do for others what you would like done for you, not treat others as they treated you.  Take the first step and show respect to others.

These next two elements are also a big key to gaining respect:

Proverbs 3:3-4 NCV – Don’t ever forget kindness and truth. Wear them like a necklace. Write them on your heart as if on a tablet. Then you will be respected and will please both God and people.

People who are kind and truthful are respectable.

To sum it up, it’s actually fairly simple:

1)  Respect others,

2)  Be real… don’t be phony or lie to people, and

3)  Just be nice!

If we’ll do those things, we’re on the road to being respectful and respectable.

Relationships – Overview

Our lives are all about relationships. The very reason we were created was about relationships. God, the Father, wanted us to be His children. He wants a family of believers… and He is adding to it daily.

Throughout the Bible we can find instructions and examples about good relationships. There are principles that will help us in every type of relationship, be it family, friend, co-worker, teacher, student, neighbor….

Paul wrote this concerning the Lord Jesus:

That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
(Philippians 3:10, KJV)

Notice that Paul wanted to know Jesus — both the resurrection power and His sufferings. Real relationships are there through the ups and the downs.

As a course of study, we took the word “relationship” as an acrostic to identify 12 aspects of good relationships.  Available articles may be accessed by clicking the highlighted letter below.

R – respect
E – esteem
L – listen
A – action
T – time
I – interaction
O – openness
N – no (know limits)
S – share
H – help
I – inspire
P – pray

Read The Gospels by Easter

Read all 4 Gospel accounts by Easter!

Wednesday, February 18 Matthew 1 – 2
Thursday, February 19 Matthew 3 – 4
Friday, February 20 Matthew 5 – 7
Saturday, February 21 Matthew 8 – 9
Monday, February 23 Matthew 10 – 12
Tuesday, February 24 Matthew 13 – 14
Wednesday, February 25 Matthew 15 – 16
Thursday, February 26 Matthew 17 – 18
Friday, February 27 Matthew 19 – 20
Saturday, February 28 Matthew 21 – 23
Monday, March 2 Matthew 24 – 25
Tuesday, March 3 Matthew 26 – 28
Wednesday, March 4 Mark 1 – 3
Thursday, March 5 Mark 4 – 5
Friday, March 6 Mark 6 – 7
Saturday, March 7 Mark 8 – 10
Monday, March 9 Mark 11 – 13
Tuesday, March 10 Mark 14 – 16
Wednesday, March 11 Luke 1 – 2
Thursday, March 12 Luke 3 – 4
Friday, March 13 Luke 5 – 6
Saturday, March 14 Luke 7
Monday, March 16 Luke 8 – 9
Tuesday, March 17 Luke 10 – 11
Wednesday, March 18 Luke 12 – 13
Thursday, March 19 Luke 14 – 16
Friday, March 20 Luke 17 – 19
Saturday, March 21 Luke 20 – 21
Monday, March 23 Luke 22 – 24
Tuesday, March 24 John 1 – 2
Wednesday, March 25 John 3 – 4
Thursday, March 26 John 5 – 6
Friday, March 27 John 7 – 8
Saturday, March 28 John 9 – 10
Monday, March 30 John 11 – 12
Tuesday, March 31 John 13 – 14
Wednesday, April 1 John 15 – 16
Thursday, April 2 John 17
Friday, April 3 John 18 – 19
Saturday, April 4 John 20 – 21

How To Tell What We Believe

Sometimes we are not sure whether we really believe what God has promised or not. Or, we may try to fool ourselves into thinking we really believe when we don’t.

How can we know what we believe?  Listen to what our mouths are saying on a regular basis.

Jesus said in Matthew 12:34 … for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

We are like a tube of toothpaste… squeeze it and what is on the inside will come out the mouth of the tube for all to see and taste.

Here is some good news!  You can change what you believe!

Mark 9:23-24 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.  And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

True Works of God

Jesus could have answered any number of things when people asked Him what works God requires. He could have said to pray a certain amount of time, read a certain amount of the Bible, witness to a certain number of people… but He didn’t. Look at what He said about it:

Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” (John 6:28,29)

Everyone who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ is already doing a work that God requires. Believing in Jesus must be the most important work.

Don’t let the enemy condemn you for not “doing” enough for God. If you believe in God’s Son, Jesus, you are already heading in the right direction. As you continue to believe, He will show you more things to do — and you can say with confidence, “I always do those things that please Him!”

How To Get To Heaven

Getting into Heaven is actually one of the easiest things you can do. Entrance admission into Heaven is not by our good deeds, nor by random selection, but by a free gift from God — His Son, Jesus. Our part is to believe. Good deeds are just one way we can express the goodness inside — they don’t change what’s inside.

If you have any doubt about whether you are going to Heaven or not, please don’t stay worried and concerned! You can know. It’s not about feeling guilty or doing enough good works.

Here is a prayer that you can pray right now to invite Jesus into your life and get on the road to Heaven:

Dear God in Heaven, I believe Jesus died for my sin, was buried, and You raised Him to life again. I believe Jesus is alive. I’m going to follow Him. Jesus is my Lord. Thank You for making me part of Your family. Thank You for making me able to go to Heaven.

That’s it! It is that easy to become part of God’s family and be able to go to Heaven.

For more information, please read the Welcome to Heaven tract and Meet Jesus page available at the links below. “Welcome to Heaven” puts the message of Heaven and Salvation into a fun to read, comic book format. The “Meet Jesus” page provides more detail about who Jesus is and why we need Him.

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